Book #4 was "The Diving Bell & the Butterfly" by Jean-Dominique Bauby. People probably know this best from the movie that was made of it, but the slim volume (just over 130 pages) was also an international best-seller. In 1995, Bauby was a dynamic 40-something editor of the French edition of Elle magazine when he had a horrible stroke, went into a coma, and woke up the victim of "locked-in syndrome." He had a somewhat atypical case in that he could also move his neck a little bit, but otherwise lost control of all but his eyes. He dictated the memoir by blinking his left eye as someone read read through the letters of the alphabet to slowly create words and then sentences. The memoir is really a series of short essays on his experience in the hospital and reminiscences of the past. It's full of good humor and wonderful sensual descriptions of food and other simple pleasures. I really was charmed by this book.
1. Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Paperback [fiction/graphic short story collection]- Matt Dembicki -Ed.
2. Light Music [fiction]- Kathleen Ann Goonan